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Former Warriors guard makes bold statement

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Former Warriors guard makes bold statement

Last season, the Nets finished with the worst record in the NBA at 20-62.

They "won" the NBA Draft Lottery and with the No. 1 overall pick selected ... oh nevermind. Brooklyn had to swap picks with Boston (who ultimately traded the top pick to Philly) because of the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade.

Despite the rough 2016-17 campaign, Jeremy Lin is feeling very optimistic about the 2017-18 season.

"We're making the playoffs," Lin declared during a Q&A over the weekend. "I don't care what anybody else tells you."

The Nets did close the season by winning seven of their final 13 games.

Lin -- who played in just 36 games because of a hamstring injury -- averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists, and shot over 37 percent from 3-point territory.

Brooklyn acquired DeMarre Carroll from Toronto and D'Angelo Russell from the Lakers (but had to give up Brook Lopez).

How will Lin and Russell co-exist?

"I'm going to be at the 1, and then he'll be at the ... I'm not really sure to be honest," Lin answered. "I'm pretty sure he will start at the 2 but it'll be pretty interchangeable.

"And then when one of us is out the game, the other person will most likely have the ball in their hands. It will probably be a little bit combo guard-esque."

During the 2010-11 season with the Warriors, Lin averaged 2.6 points and 1.4 assists over 29 appearances with the Warriors.

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Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

 

Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.

 

Warriors eliminated in first round of playoffs in 2018 simulation

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Warriors eliminated in first round of playoffs in 2018 simulation

Basketball video game NBA 2k18 has simulated the upcoming season and come up with some interesting results. 

The Warriors will fail to defend their title this season, according to CBS Sports, falling to the Timberwolves in seven games in the first round of the playoffs. 

In a surprise Final matchup, the Thunder are scriptd to top the Wizards in five games. 

The Cavaliers, in the simulation, enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed in the East but fall to the Wizards in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

According to the simulation, Stephen Curry will be your MVP and Steve Kerr will be Coach of the Year. 

The video game estimates just two Warriors on the All-Star team -- Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. And it estimates both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will return for the 3-point contest.

Also noteworthy, four head coaches were fired over the course of the simulated season including Luke Walton by the Lakers and Dave Joerger by the Kings. 

Western Conference final standings
1. Golden State Warriors (63-19)
2. Houston Rockets (55-27)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (55-27)
4. Oklahoma City Thunder (53-29)
5. Denver Nuggets (46-36)
6. Utah Jazz (43-39)
7. San Antonio Spurs (43-39)
8. Minnesota Timberwolves (42-40)
9. New Orleans Pelicans (41-41)
10. Portland Trail Blazers (40-42)
11. Sacramento Kings (39-43)
12. Memphis Grizzlies (37-45)
13. Phoenix Suns (36-46)
14. Dallas Mavericks (31-51)
15. Los Angeles Lakers (30-52)